In love with…Knokke-d out at sea

Hi lovebirds,

A few weeks back, it was adventure time when my two buddies F & F for some reason decided to go sailing at sea. You see, F & F are two inseparable best friends who always have silly things on their minds, which is perhaps why they are so dear to me because they are always a lot of fun to be with. Traveling with these two always turns into epic moments. Also, you perhaps have heard of my passion for pirates – yes, somebody has binge watched Pirates of the Caribbean and yes, I was able to talk along the movie – so of course, I would tag along despite the cold Belgian-type temperatures in June. To be honest, my brain automatically equals ‘sea and beach’ with warm weather, so I had enough reasons to come along the trip, even though I was clearly wrong about the beach weather part.

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Anyhow, I hopped on the train to meet up with F & F at the beach in Knokke – it already sounds like a very piratey town, don’t you think? – but when I arrived, it hit me seeing all these people wear winter coats outside, while I was dressed in shorts and t-shirt. Luckily, having lived in Belgium for a while, I’d come prepared because I knew F & F had been enjoying my constant complaints about the weather in Belgium, so I’ve decided to get changed instead and not to let them win.

So when I started approaching the beach, I was once again reminded of pirates, as all the houses and streets were grey and empty, as if a group of pirates had plundered the city and laid a curse on it, but let’s not get carried away. When I finally got to the beach after a nice 15 minute walk, the boys welcomed me with uncountable precious treasures they had found at the beach, or at least they were treasures to some people, particularly to F, as he was clearly very happy to have an old sting ray egg in his hair.

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I was actually thinking, you know how Pirates of the Caribbean has an evil monkey? Well, we clearly came across an evil seagull during our picknick. So other F has this thing for soft balls, which he keeps bringing along and loses eventually. As we were sitting in the sand, innocently eating humus, bread and some chocolate cookies, a seagull was watching us. I instantly knew it was hate love at first sight, as F tried to scare it away, but the seagull managed to come close enough to steal F’s soft ball and flew off into the sky with the ball in its beak, very ironic, I know. Clearly not a very successful day for three professional pirates, but nevertheless a historical and hilarious moment being robbed by a seagull.

But pirates never give up, so F & F finally decided to go back to what they thought they could do best, threw on some wetsuits and tried to tame the sea with some (sailing) boat, and man, have they fought hard with the water! For a second, I wished I was a seagull so I could watch them fight from above, but sitting at the shore was enough to see what was really happening and how much they struggled. To be fair, the wind and waves were  pretty rough that day. When my eyes couldn’t stand watching them fail any longer, I fought my way back to the train station climbing some dunes and coming across some posh houses that would have been perfect to plunderrr.

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Finally, when my train arrived, the earth started shaking – or well, that’s not really what happened, but that’s what would have happened, if this were a real pirate movie – I turned around and saw two pirates running towards the train station. It was F & F! You wonder why they were running and what really happened with that boat? Well, a real pirate never tells, but to be honest, I only found out on the train myself. What I can say is that F & F didn’t disappoint me with their piratey behaviour and even proved their commitment to the pirate community.

Since we couldn’t let this day end like this, we stopped in Ghent on the way back for some nice drinks along the canal and some ice cream. It was not exactly the beach experience I was prepared and hoping for, but it turned out to be quite an adventurous and fun day. My conclusion for the day: check the weather forecast before going to the beach, it is not worth going to Knokke, unless high temperatures and sunshine!

Bisou, M

Für meine deutschsprachigen LeserInnen:

Vor etwa zwei Wochen hab ich mich wieder mal auf ein Abenteuer begeben, als sich meine zwei Kasperlfreunde F und F eingebildet haben, sie müssen unbedingt einen Segelausflug am Meer unternehmen. Da ich ja ein kompletter Fan von Piraten bin, was man natürlich auf meine Jugendliebe zu Fluch der Karibik zurückführen kann, hab ich mich trotz nicht so schönem Wetter und nach stundenlangem hin und her Überlegen auf den Weg ans Meer gemacht, immerhin war es ja schon Juni und ich verbinde das Meer automatisch mit schönem, warmem Wetter. Jedenfalls bin ich ganz spontan in den Zug nach Knokke gestiegen (ja das heißt wirklich so) mit dem Gedanken, ins warme Wetter zu fahren und dann hat mich doch glatt der Schlag getroffen, als die Leute draußen in dicken Jacken am Zug vorbeiliefen. So hatte ich mir meine Reise an den Strand leider nicht vorgestellt, aber ich war ja vorbereitet und hatte meine lange Jeans in meinem Rucksack parat und so hab ich mich zwischen zwei Autos ganz gefinkelt von meinen kurzen Hosen befreit, da ich eine Blamage seitens der Kasperl vermeiden wollte, alas! Meine zwei Kasperl haben mich dann am Strand mit vielen Schätzen (Muscheln, einem Reifenhut und Rochen Eiern – was man halt alles so braucht) begrüßt. Wie eine Prinzessin auf dem roten Teppich bin ich mir vorgekommen, herrlich. Als es dann endlich ans Strandpicknick ging, hat F es dann ernsthaft geschafft, eine Möwe so sehr mit seinem Softball zu provozieren, dass sie aus Rache seinen Ball gestohlen hat, so ganz dreist, und damit in die weite Ferne geflogen ist. Karma würd ich sagen. Der Gesichtsausdruck war echt einzigartig und diese Erinnerung wird uns wohl auch ewig bleiben, aber das war ja noch nicht alles, denn F und F waren an dem Tag richtige Abenteuer-Piraten und haben sich dann in Neopren-Schale geworfen und haben mit den Wellen gekämpft, wie zwei Ritter. In dem Moment wär ich gern diese eine Möwe gewesen und hätt ihnen einfach ganz frech von oben zugeschaut, aber stattdessen hab ich mich am Strand vergnügen dürfen. Als es mir dann irgendwann doch zu stürmisch wurde, hab ich mich über die Dünen zurück zum Bahnhof gekämpft, wo ich mir mit meiner Robert Menasse Lektüre die Zeit vertrieben hab, bis der Zug endlich kam, da liefen mir die zwei Kasperl schon entgegen und haben mich doch glatt nach Gent entführt. Gent ist einfach meine belgische Lieblingsstadt, also muss man mich eigentlich gar nicht entführen, da ich sogar freiwillig mitkomm, aber mit den Zweien ists natürlich noch schöner und vor allem noch lustiger. Mein Fazit des Tages ist auf jeden Fall: Zuerst Wetterbericht lesen und dann entscheiden, ob du nach Knokke fährst. Ein Besuch in Knokke ists auf jeden Fall nur wert bei hohen Temperaturen und Sonnenschein.

Bisou, M

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